Urban gardens

With the lifestyle today of most living in high-rise buildings or average sized terrace home in the city. At heart, many would like their own gardens but the luxury of space is not something that many can afford. 

There is just something peaceful and therapeutic about watching branches sway in the wind and even more so if you have the bubbling sound of running water from a pond or water feature in the background.

However, planning a small garden can be more challenging than you think. Many people initially try to start one with many giving up after the plants wilt away. Creating your own garden may be a challenge but once you’ve got the right ingredients, all you need is the right care to keep your garden green.

A. Plant Choices

Choosing the right plants from the beginning is vital. With most people leaving for work in the morning and returning late at night, selecting high maintenance plants can be a pain. Especially when you want to come home and look out at your small garden and not a bunch of dead leaves on your balcony.

B. Sunlight

Sunlight is another important and often overlooked factor. It is vital to understand how much sunlight your balcony or garden receives. This can make or break your little garden so give some thought to the amount of direct/indirect sunlight received and even if your garden receives more exposure to the morning or evening sun.

Some plants require more shade, others do well with more sunlight. But only the hardiest plants should be used if your garden receives a great deal of evening sun. And no we’re not expecting only cactus’s in your garden.

C. Layer your plants

Buying only the same plants will give your garden a very uniformed look but here at Habitat-MY, we prefer diversity. Buy plants of varying height, colour, and even consider difference between leafy and flowering type plants.

All these factors will help you put together your garden in a more cohesive manner. It makes it easier to hide the sometimes unsightly stems of the larger plants while adding a touch of colour and personality with the flowering variety.

The best source of information are the friendly people at the nearby nursery. They will be able to give recommendations on the right plants, fertilizer and soil you’d require. But don’t despair if your initial garden experiment does not deliver the desired results, after all it’s the journey to a desired end that makes it so much more worthwhile once you are able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

READ: Malaysian home garden ideas to inspire your space

 

This article was originally published as Urban gardens by habitat-my

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